June 6, 2009

NOT MOST IS NOT A BAD THING:

Big test for Iranian democracy: Iran boasts that it is the most democratic country in the Middle East. It's a claim worth examining, as the presidential election approaches. (Jon Leyne, 6/06/09, BBC News)

No candidate who challenges the basic tenets of the Islamic Republic would be allowed to stand, even though there are plenty of Iranians who might vote for them.

At the same time, none of those disqualified by the Guardian Council was seen as a serious contender in any case.

And the election of President Mohammad Khatami in 1997, and of President Ahmadinejad in 2005, were both unexpected.

So if people behind the scenes are trying to fix the election, they are either not very good at it, or they are afraid to be seen to be going too strongly against the will of the people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2009 11:16 AM
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